cozcatl (Mdz55r)

cozcatl (Mdz55r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful element from a compound shows a circular necklace of six precious greenstone beads with a red (perhaps leather) string and tie.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


jade, cuentas, verde, rojo, atado

Museum & Rare Book Comparisons: 
Museum/Rare Book Notes: 

cozcatl. This greenstone necklace was found in Ofrenda 107 at the Templo Mayor at the foot of its north side, which was dedicated to Tlaloc. This is one or three necklaces of this type found in the offering. Photograph by Stephanie Wood, Museo del Templo Mayor, 15 February 2023. Comment by Robert Haskett.

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el collar

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).